Points North Gallery - Picture Framing, Gifts, and Art Gallery

Points North Gallery provides knowledgeable service in custom picture framing and offers a gallery of diverse original, local and regional Fort McMurray art.

Laura Sharp »»

I fell in love with clay while I was busy studying writing at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, B.C. in 1999. The school at that time was a haven of creativity and support.  Everything was encouraged, and I found myself migrating over to the clay studio as often as I could.  It was a magical time.  And I fell in love with the luscious feeling of the material and the infinite possibilities and challenges presented by it.

I continued my study of this transformational material in Calgary at the Alberta College of Art and Design and learned many things, particularly the difference between clay and ceramics.  My years there were spent developing the discipline that it takes to persevere through unending disappointments and failures, as the practical study of this material is understood greatly by learning what does not work.  Again, I was encouraged through all of this by the grace and wisdom of my teachers.

I graduated in 2006 from ACAD, with a major in ceramics.  I attained a job teaching ceramics through the city of Calgary recreation program and focused on transferring my love and passion to connect to one’s own creativity.  Slowly, I also collected what I would need in order to start my own studio.

In 2009, I launched my own studio practice under the name White Owl Ceramic Studio.  It has been a great adventure, and true to my beliefs I have grown in my understanding of the material, and my work has grown due to my daily devotion to its creation.  I mostly attend art and fine craft shows and sell my work to an audience already won over by the greatness of handmade objects.  I enjoy meeting all the people who have invested in my work, their feedback, encouragement, and support has been absolutely priceless.  I look forward to many more years of growing, developing and dreaming.